To emit: Fahadh Faasil, Darshana Rajendran, Roshan Mathew, Maala Parvathi
director: Mahesh Narayanan
Classification: 4 (of 5)
Dramatic energy charges complement the free-flowing virtual action you go through See you soon, with Fahadh Faasil as a cyber detective investigating the disappearance of a cousin’s girlfriend in Dubai. The movie, an Onam release on Amazon Prime Video, is instantly eye-catching. Literally like this. It doesn’t let your attention drift off the screen for a nanosecond.
Written, directed and edited by Mahesh Narayanan, the Malayalam film is 90 minutes long and is fully played on computers and smartphones. It presents a simple story of love, loss, and recovery in a socially detached format that is not only excitingly idiosyncratic but is also consistently effective.
See you soonPlayful in its rhythm but grounded in unwavering technique, it is an affirmation of cinema’s ability to be creative and hopeful, no matter how severe and protracted a crisis may be. The film has been made so that some hands in the Malayalam film industry can go back to work and earn their salary in these difficult times.
See you soon, produced by Nazriya Nazim and Fahadh Faasil, is a quickie that accelerates rapidly and draws the viewer into its intriguing and dynamic virtual environment. It requires absolute and uninterrupted concentration, which is not, contrary to what it may seem, a boring exercise for the audience. The methods he uses, on the other hand, enhance the emotion contained in the folds of the mystery-laden story.
Anu (Darshana Rajendran) and bank executive Jimmy Kurian (Roshan Mathew) meet on Tinder. The two of them live in the United Arab Emirates and the dating app states that it is a perfect match. Truth be told, Jimmy has only a cursory knowledge of the girl’s background. One thing leads to another, which, in this movie, means the pair go from ‘discovering’ each other on Tinder to curiosity-motivated chats on Hangouts and from there to familiarity-seeking video calls on Google Duo.
The title appears on the screen 15 minutes into the film, embedded in an online chat between Jimmy and Anu after the former proposed to the girl in a video call in the presence of her mother (Maala Parvathi).
The mother turns to Jimmy’s cousin and cybersecurity expert Kevin Thomas (Fahadh Faasil) to discover facts about Anu. Kevin reluctantly agrees to the request; you are not comfortable with the idea of violating someone’s privacy. He cracks Anu’s IP address and does a cursory background check.
His work done, Kevin informs his aunt that he has “checked every possible way” and Anu seems “very authentic”. The problem arises when, after spending a week at Jimmy’s house, the girl vanishes into thin air, leaving an alarming video note.
As dark secrets and shocking truths emerge from cyberspace and other sources of data, including CCTV footage of the building Jimmy resides in, it turns into a fascinating and suspenseful love story that loses neither its momentum nor its innovation quotient as you move towards an outcome. .
Due to the unusual tools it presses in structuring the narrative, C U Soon has fascinating layers. This puzzle built around unanswered questions about the girl does more than simply find to fit jumbled, scattered pieces into a genre template and put together an engaging story.
It also explores the dimensions of “seeing” and “knowing” along with the task of “reading” and “deciphering” the meaning between the lines that the characters speak and write. See you soon maintains firm control over what he allows us to see and hear. In the best traditions of an absorbing head scratching person who is based more on the psychological than the merely physical, it leads us to what seems obvious but is not.
If it turns out that you are not a Malayali viewer without any knowledge of the language, you obviously have to frequently direct your gaze to the bottom of the screen for English subtitles, which makes it difficult to decipher the complexities of See you soon much more difficult. But whatever happens, keeping up with the geometric patterns and visual puzzles that weave together the film’s multiplicity of textual and technical elements is unerringly rewarding.
The motion picture camera makes its presence felt only when it moves from one communication device to another, from one face to another, or from one text messaging (or chat) medium to another. However, the all-seeing lens peeking out of the virtual universe never breaks the illusion the film creates of the actual events unfolding before our eyes as they would in a conventionally filmed thriller. The ‘master’ camera just watches and records while other image capture devices incessantly produce and process information.
It all fits together seamlessly because the editing is incredibly clever, the acting fabulous, and the storytelling wonderfully balanced and consistent despite the novelty of the form. What goes up See you soon On a level entirely of its own, it doesn’t for a moment allow you to wonder if it would have worked better if there hadn’t been a lockdown and the industry hadn’t been driven indoors.
The film also does not invite comparisons with similar rates that have emerged from the US in recent years, particularly that of Aneesh Chaganty. searching (also about a father searching for his missing daughter) and the 2o14 paranormal horror movie Hostile (and its sequel No Friends: Dark Web). Or with Dibakar Banerjee’s LSD; Love Sex Aur Dhokha, done ten years ago. See you soon Set your own rules and stick to them from start to finish.
Two layers of images, one recorded by the devices the characters are on and the other captured by the film camera, constantly overlap to create an impression of rhythm, anticipation, and tension, while chat boxes and messages emergent are repeated frequently. what in a normal movie would have been spoken lines and body gestures.
The main players have a rich streak of form. They overcome the challenge of the unconventionality of the task with ease. They rarely use their entire body for the purpose of conveying emotion. The camera, be it Duo or FaceTime or any of the other digital media employed, hits them in the face almost every time. The three main players are never wrong.
Fahadh Faasil, as always, gains strength and thrives on his emphasis on exactness of expression. Roshan Mathew also doesn’t miss a beat when he goes from being a young man in love to becoming a victim of circumstances partly created by himself but totally beyond his control. Darshana Rajendran, who plays a pivotal role, offers a poignant portrait of a girl of many shades.
The mysteries of See you soon Convey a cherished collective hope for a return to cinema as we know it when the world reaches the other side of the tunnel erected by the pandemic. Until then, a movie like this, a dazzling thriller that pokes fun at every ounce of force in the mystery genre, will get us excited to keep the faith. See See you soon without preamble.